Baguio Education - Philippines

A huge part of Baguio City's economy is centered on institutions for education and higher learning. The city can be classified as a university town due to the fact that a major portion of its population is made up of the student body. There are some one hundred thousand students attending Baguio City's universities, colleges, and trade or technical schools.

For this reason, the city is the center of education in the Northern Luzon area of the country. It is not uncommon to find the campuses of the city's different educational institutions to be made up of a mix of different cultures. The country's youth from the country's many regions come to Baguio to earn an education. What we have below are a few of these colleges and universities in the city.

University of the Philippines, Baguio Campus (or U.P. Baguio)

This university is the Northern Luzon flag carrier of the U.P. System. U.P. Baguio is one of the chief educational institutions in the Philippines for learning and research. It was granted its autonomous status as a constituent university in December of 2002. Physics, Biology, and Mathematics are the acknowledged fields of excellence.

U.P. Baguio colleges include the College of Arts and Communication including languages and literature, speech, and journalism. The College of Science offers biology, physics, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and computer science. The College of Social Science has departments in economics, political science, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, and sociology. The university also offers other disciplines and other educational fields including several more undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Philippine Military Academy (or PMA)

This is the training school for the upcoming officers of the country's armed forces. The academy was established on February 17, 1905 in Manila but was relocated to Baguio City on September 1, 1908. However, the PMA traces its roots from what was then known as the Academia Militar founded by the first Philippine president, Emilio Aguinaldo on the 25th of October 1898.

Admission into the PMA requires that one be a Filipino citizen who is naturally born. A candidate must have a good moral character and be physically fit. Only single unmarried individuals are allowed entry into the PMA. A height requirement is enforced for entry: 5'4" for men and 5'2" for women. An 85 minimum grade point average from high school is required. Only those of age 17 during a said school year may apply for entry in the academy.

Cadets who are admitted into the PMA are required to adhere to a strict code and follow certain corps traditions. Cadets undergo different military, athletic, academic, and other extra curricular activities. The aim, of course, is to make a fine breed of the next generation of officers in the Philippine military.

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Saint Louis University (or SLU)

Founded in 1911, SLU is the product of efforts to spread Christianity into the northern areas of the island of Luzon. Its campus has an area of six hectares, 30 buildings, and accommodates more than 20,000 students thus making it the northern Philippines' largest university. It has a diverse culture with its student body composed of young folks from different parts of the country.

SLU has elementary, secondary, and undergraduate programs offered. Academic divisions in Saint Louis University include accountancy and commerce, education, engineering and architecture, human sciences, information sciences, law, medicine, natural sciences, and nursing.

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Pines City Colleges

This is a coeducational institution that primarily emphasizes health education. Pines City Colleges offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in different fields. Degree earning fields include dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, rehabilitation medicine, medical technology, and nursing. Other fields of study offered here include tourism, history, biology, and mathematics.

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University of the Cordilleras

Formerly the Baguio Colleges Foundation, the University of the Cordilleras today is a private institution that offers a plethora of fields of study. Its student body has a population of more than 10, 000. Its education programs include engineering, information technology, nursing, commerce, accounting, and law. University of the Cordilleras achieved university status in November of 2003.

Being a university town, Baguio City is North Luzon's center for education. A significant portion of the city's populace and economy comes from this part of society. Baguio City therefore invests in education and molding the country's future leaders and nation builders in a hope to carry the country forward in the time to come.

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University of Baguio

Established in 1948, the University of Baguio or UB has been among schools in the country providing excellent education. This is easily gleaned from the percentage of passers from UB in professional board exams for Medical Technology, dentistry, Physical Therapy, Civil Engineering, Education, and Accountancy, among others. It has exchange programs with countries like the US, Japan, Australia, and Russia, among others. Some portions of UB was razed by a fire in February 2008 but it’s moving fast towards recovery to continue giving good education in Baguio.

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Brent School

Brent School in Baguio is an Episcopalian international school giving world-class education in Baguio. Established in 1909 by Canadian Charles Henry Brent as a boarding school for American children living in Baguio City, it is now a co-educational school along Brent Road with students from different countries. It is popular in the country as a quality school for the high-born and foreigners. It has branches in Manila, Subic, and Boracay.

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Baguio Central University

Named Centro Academy right after World War II, Baguio Central University or BCU first offered vocational courses in 1945. In 1972 it became Lyceum of Baguio and then BCU in 1977. It has been offering superb education in Baguio in courses like Commerce, Education, Medicine and its allied fields, Business Management, Criminology, Engineering, and Public Administration among others. It also offers masters and doctoral degrees.

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Baguio City School of Arts and Trades

Popular for its Tourism and Restaurant courses, Baguio City School of Arts and Trades or BCSAT bagged two gold medals for these categories in the September 2008 Annual Restaurant and Tourism Weekend. The school started in 1997 as an offshoot to consistent demands to start an arts and trade school in Baguio City. This would further improve overall education in Baguio. This TESDA accredited vocational institution is committed to provide good short-term courses in care-giving and home management, among others. It is Baguio’s answer to the growing need for technical and care-giving expertise here and abroad.

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Easter College

On April 9 2006 Easter College turned 100 years old. This school has been affording quality education in Baguio through its elementary and secondary education. It also opened its College of Nursing through the help of St. Luke’s Hospital in Quezon City. The school was started in 1906 in Guisad, Baguio City by Charles Henry Brent, also the founder of Brent International School. Starting with a few students it gradually grew to having elementary and high school departments.

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